Spiritual Work Requires Spiritual Power

Many times we find ourselves trying to do God’s work without God’s resources. We struggle and persevere through obstacles – good traits. But sometimes we struggle needlessly. Corrie ten Boom, on one of her many journeys for God, visited a missionary couple who seemed in a perpetual struggle. As soon as one challenge ended, another began. She found them beaten down from discouragement.

Corrie prayed with the missionaries and encouraged them in their work for Christ. She also gave them this advice – you have given all but you haven’t taken all. This hard-working couple had dedicated their lives to God’s work but they hadn’t taken from Him the resources they needed to complete the work. 

Jesus instructed His disciples not to run off to foreign fields with the good news about His death and resurrection but to wait in Jerusalem until they had received power for the task.

You shall receive power (ability, efficiency and might) when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you shall be My witnesses in Jerusalem and all Judea and Samaria and to the ends (the very bounds) of the earth. (Acts 1:8 AMP)

Many tasks can be done in our own strength but spiritual work isn’t among them. Spiritual work requires spiritual strength. Only God can give us that strength. Selwyn Hughes, the great devotional writer, wrote, “The Holy Spirit gives us the power not simply to imitate Christ; He imparts to us the energy by which Christ Himself lived. It’s impartation, not imitation, that makes for effective Christian living.”

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About rosemccormickbrandon

An award winning personal experience writer, Rose McCormick Brandon is a frequent contributor to faith magazines, devotionals and compilations, including Chicken Soup for the Soul. Rose is the author of Promises of Home: Stories of Canada's British Home Children (2014). One Good Word Makes all the Difference (2013), He Loves Me Not, He Loves Me (2012) and Vanished: What Happened to My Son. She's a frequent contributor to The Testimony, Today's Pentecostal Evangel and other faith magazines in Canada, U.S. and Australia. Rose also writes about Canadian history, specifically the era of Child Immigration from Britain. Read her stories of child immigrants at: http://littleimmigrants.wordpress.com
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3 Responses to Spiritual Work Requires Spiritual Power

  1. Kim says:

    Hi Rose and Doug

    Thank you for your blog I do not what I would do. Keeping in touch and reading your inspirations are just what the Dr. ordered.

    Please pray for CJ he is still trying to find employment and getting very discouraged and depressed.

    God Bless and hope to see you

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